Office & Hours
Office: SZB 408D
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Special Education, College of Educat
1 University Station Stop D5300
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5300
Marcia. Barnes is a Professor of Special Education and holds the Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Math, Science, and
Technology in Teacher Education. She studies typical and atypical development of mathematics and reading comprehension and has a special emphasis on learning difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and acquired brain injury. She has over 75 publications in refereed journals and has authored 15 books and book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Quarterly Journal of Learning Disabilities. She has received grant support from the Institute of Educational Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Current research support in mathematics is to test the efficacy of a skills specific intervention (mathematics) with a combined skills specific and domain general cognitive (attention) intervention for preschool children at high risk for later difficulties in learning mathematics. Her research in reading comprehension uses experimental training studies to test the malleability of text-level processes such as inference-making in secondary school students who are having difficulties understanding what they read.
Ph.D., McMaster University
Barnes, M.A., Raghubar, K.P*., English, L*., Williams, J., Taylor, H. & Landry, S. (in press). Longitudinal mediators of achievement in mathematics and reading in typical and atypical development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
Pike, M.*, Swank, P., Taylor, H., Landry, S., & Barnes, M. A. (2013). Effect of Preschool Working Memory, Language, and Narrative Abilities on Inferential Comprehension at School-Age in Children with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Typically Developing Children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 1-10.
Pike, M.A*., Barnes, M.A. & Barron, R.W. (2010). The role of illustrations in children’s inferential comprehension. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105, 243-255.
Raghubar, K*., Barnes, M.A., & Hecht, S. (2010). Working memory and mathematics: A review of developmental, individual difference and cognitive approaches. Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 110-122.
Raghubar, K.*, Cirino, P., Barnes, M.A., Ewing-Cobbs, L., Fuchs, L. & Fletcher, J.M. (2009). Errors in multi-digit arithmetic and behavioral attention in children with math difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42, 356-371. PMCID: PMC2788949
- 09/2013 -
- Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Math, Science, and Technology In Teacher Education
- Endowed Research Chair, Childhood Reading & Learning, UTHSC-Houston
- Presidential Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching, Research, & Service, University of Guelph
- University Research Chair, University of Guelph
Current Research Projects and Grants
2011-2016 Institute of Education Sciences. A Randomized Trial of a Tutor-Based Mathematics and Attention Intervention for Low-Performing Preschoolers at Risk for Mathematical Difficulties in School. (PI)
2012-2016 Institute of Education Sciences. Enhancing early Learning for Infants with Disabilities: A Responsive Parent Intervention (Co-PI)
2011-2016 NIH Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (Co-I)
2010-2015 Institute of Education Sciences. Understanding Malleable Cognitive Processes and Integrated Comprehension Interventions for Grades 7-12 (Co-PI)
Research Interests and Expertise
Typical and atypical development of reading comprehension and mathematics
Boards, Committees and Associations
- Consulting Editor, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Quarterly Journal of Learning Disabilities
- Regular Panel Member, U.S. Department of Education-Institute of Educational Sciences, Mathematical and Science Education Research Review Panel
- 2004-2008 Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences Review Committee, US March of Dimes National Grants Review Panel
- Member - Society for Research in Child Development, International Neuropsychological Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Council for Exceptional Children, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Canadian Psychological Association, Ontario College of Psychologists